14 November 2018
As the incidence of diabetes increases worldwide, so too will the number of people living with its complications including visual loss and blindness. The IAPB Global Compendium of Good Practice explains how we can prevent this future today.
In the UK there is a comprehensive Diabetic eye screening programme for diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not treated.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss among people of working age.
It occurs when diabetes affects small blood vessels, damaging the part of the eye called the retina. When the blood vessels in the central area of the retina (the macula) are affected, it’s known as diabetic maculopathy.
People with diabetes should also see their optometrist every two years for a regular eye test. Diabetic eye screening is specifically for diabetic retinopathy and can’t be relied upon for other conditions.
Also This World Diabetes Day, noted anthropologist Ida Nicolaisen offers insights from her research among indigenous peoples and work with the World Diabetes Foundation to explain why understanding family organisation, culture and values is key to defeating diabetes.
More information on World Diabetes day from Diabetes UK
Useful information from the RNIB on Diabetes here